American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, met on Tuesday (2 October) with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
American Civil Rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, met on Tuesday (2 October) with Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. Jackson is making an extended tour of the Middle East on a fact-finding mission, and has offered to act as a mediator between the Palestinians and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The Reverend Jesse Jackson made the trip to Syria to meet with President Hafez Al-Assad. Syria has always been one of the PLO's major backers and Jackson's trip here was to try and gain support from President Assad for his peace initiative. Already Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has asked the Reverend Jackson to pass on a message to PLO leader Yasser Arafat, proposing a ceasefire between the PLO and Israel. However the personal Middle East shuttle by Jackson has received some harsh criticism from the Arab press. Some Arab papers have been attacking what they see as efforts by Jackson and Sadat to put pressure on the PLO to give up its armed struggle and recognise Israel without putting the same pressure on the Israeli's Jackson hopes to meet and speak with President Carter as soon as he returns to the United States.